Britain's May seeks deal to cling to power

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2017

"We will fulfil the promise of Brexit together and over the next five years build a country in which no one, and no community, is left behind", May said.

The details of the power deal with the DUP are set to be discussed at a cabinet meeting Monday, a day before the new parliament is sworn in.

REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Many in the United Kingdom, including some within the Conservative party, have voiced their concerns about a potential deal with the DUP.

In a further bid to win over disillusioned lawmakers, May appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister with whom she has clashed in the past, as environment minister while two of her closest aides, who many blamed for the election result, resigned. While the DUP, the largest of the pro-U.K., traditionally Protestant parties, backed Brexit, it also wants a "frictionless border" with the Irish Republic, which may prove hard should the U.K. exit the customs union.

Theresa May has said sorry to the Tory MPs and ministers who lost their seats due to her decision of holding elections.

Pressed if he was being clear that the United Kingdom will leave the EU, Mr Corbyn said: "Absolutely".

"I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term", she told reporters in No 10.

The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May had been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.

Sinn Fein won seven seats but the party refuses to sit in the House of Commons, which requires swearing allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

However, he has refused to be drawn on whether he would form a minority government. All the most senior ministers - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - kept their jobs and there were few changes in the Cabinet lineup.

Among Tory MPs there was anger at the way a 20-point lead in the opinion polls when she called the election in had been squandered in the course of a campaign which was widely condemned as flat-footed and uninspiring.

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Several Conservative lawmakers have warned that May can not carry on indefinitely, after throwing away a 17-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.

Q: What happens if no party is able to form a government?

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were under way within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her.

May's office was forced to backtrack late Saturday after announcing that an outline deal had been agreed with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form a government, admitting that talks were still ongoing.

Mr Johnson said: "Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa may".

Several hundred people - many Labour voters - protested in central London against the potential alliance, with one organiser leading chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".

Joining forces with the hardline Protestant party also threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.

That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

She said the Tories would work with the DUP "in particular".

"The interpretation that we have put on it ... is that people voted for three things in essence, control of borders, control of laws, control of money", Davis told BBC radio.

This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks in 10 days time.

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